Woman in Progress: Kath Austin of BeeBee Wraps

This week our Woman in Progress is Kath Austin, founder of BeeBee Wraps. Kath developed a plastic-free, compostable alternative to clingfilm in her kitchen, of all places, and two years ago launched the first BeeBee Wrap which was so well received that she now runs the business together with her husband David and a team of ten. If she wasn’t busy enough battling plastic pollution with her products, she’s also an award winning entrepreneur and Mum to two amazing daughters - here are her answers to our questions.

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Finding my 'thing'

Finding my thing: exercise, weight training specifically and how it isn’t just about my body or even my mood (though positive changes are a welcome bonus).  It’s about having something that is mine.  Something I do entirely for me, and my own enjoyment. The motivation for a different dress size is not the driving force anymore, I am.  I’m pushing myself and excited to see what I can do.  

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Woman in Progress: Becky aka Lady Bakewell-Park

It might have been a while, but our desire to tell stories of fellow women in progress hasn’t stopped, and we’re finally back to it. We’re really chuffed that this week’s Woman in Progress is Lady Bakewell-Park, also known as Becky, who we’ve been following on Instagram for ages now for her joyful, witty, and delicious biscuits. Her interview is a belter.

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Is it ok to just ‘not’ for a while?

Is it ok to just ‘not’ for a while?

We’ve been quiet of late.  If ‘of late’ can reasonably be translated as more than six months and not just a few weeks.  The blog has gone un-updated.  Our Instagram feed stayed silent.  

To be fair, no one has noticed.  And that’s eased our mild guilt about it.  But really there’s been no room for it.  It hasn’t been the right time.  So we’ve just not done it.  Not said anything.  Not pointed it out.  Just ‘not’.

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Woman in Progress: Kim Palmer, creator of Clementine App

Our Woman in Progress this week is Kim Palmer, the creator of an app called Clementine. Clementine isn't "a spiritual, hippie app – it’s clever, sharp and aesthetically on-point. It’s for the modern woman to help balance, "to sleep better, feel calmer and be your best self." Something we could certainly do with, having been slightly less calm in recent weeks and not slept properly since 2011... In January this year, The Guardian included Clementine in their article ‘The Seven Apps every woman should own’. With a busy work and home life we are so grateful to Kim for kindly answering our questions and sharing her story with us.

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Woman in Progress: Alexandra Wood, Savile Row Tailor

Our Woman in Progress today is Alexandra Wood, one of the first female tailors on Saville Row.  Alexandra works from Saville Row and showrooms in Shoreditch and Bishop's Stortford and also has an online shop featuring her ready-to-wear collection.  Her beautiful work has been featured on celebrity clients and in magazines such as GQ.  She is well known for her style advice for the discerning suit wearer but today has a different, but no less special, advice for you here.  Thank you Alex for taking time to answer our questions. 

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Woman in Progress: Gabi Cox, founder of Chroma Stationery

Our next woman in progress is Gabi from Chroma Stationery.  We are always excited to champion young female businesswomen and so, given our ongoing stationery obsession, this week we're extra excited.  Gabi produces and collates vibrant, bright and happiness inducing products for her customers in the ever popular stationery market.  She's collaborated with another of our women in progress and is active in the Bristol community of inspiring women and entrepreneurs.  We are glad to have Gabi and to share her story and advice with you.  

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Woman in Progress: Sam Burgess, founder of Social Mouth

This week we have social media consultant Sam Burgess of Social Mouth.  In a nutshell she helps "small creative brand owners find their voice online."  We love that she is her own product - her clients get her honest and expert advice straight from Sam herself, no gimmicks.  Sam's own journey to Social Mouth wasn't entirely without unexpected events, find out more in her interview below.  Thank you Sam for being our Woman in Progress, we're so excited to have you! 

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Woman in Progress: Agi Lebiedz, Hush Pictures

We have a bit of a thing for photographers and today we have the pleasure of interviewing Agi from Hush Pictures.  She has an eye for highlighting the beautiful in the everyday and manages to capture those moments to be treasured forever.  We are excited to talk to her about how she came to do what she loves and her advice for other women who, like her, are living a little differently to their original plans.  Thank you Agi for sharing your story.  Do take a look at her website, her photos are lovely! 

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Woman in Progress: Deepa Mistry of Mela Jewellery

Deepa Mistry is our Woman in Progress this week.  We've been keeping our eye Mela Jewellery for a while and have mentioned Deepa's gorgeous pieces on the gift guide and mood board.  She manages a job, a business and a blog and has kindly taken time from juggling her busy schedule to tell us about herself and answer our questions.  Thank you Deepa! 

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Woman in Progress: Jo Smith & Chloe Webb of Smith Webb

Continuing our series of posts from brilliant Women in Progress, today we introduce the duo of women behind the amazing brand Smith Webb: Jo Smith and Chloe Webb.  We have been fans for a while so feel extra lucky to feature them.  If you don't know about them, we urge you to take a look!  Thank you both for taking time to give us an insight into you, your brand and campaign.  

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Food rituals: Hurray It's Thursday #OreoCookieQuest Cake

It’s now been six months since I introduced a new food ritual to our household.  Thursdays are now well and truly about Hurray It’s Thursday Cake.  The kids even get slightly cross if there isn’t cake on their return from school (as there wasn’t last Thursday).  I have created a monster.  

Clearly, this family tradition is well and truly here to stay, and this week became even more exciting as I combined cake with biscuits as part of The Great Oreo Cookie Quest.  

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Woman in Progress: Olivia Tripp of Weekend:IN

We're happy today to introduce our Woman in Progress Olivia Tripp, owner of Bristol-based business Weekend:IN.  Olivia started her business to help other independent businesses grow their audience through social media, influencer marketing and event organisation - stuff we need to be more familiar with ourselves.  She's been kind enough to get in touch with us and answer our questions giving us an insight into being a young Woman in Progress - thank you Olivia! 

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Woman in Progress: Sara Delaney from Notes from a Stylist

We're so excited for this week's Woman in Progress, Sara Delaney.  Sara is a fashion stylist and blogger who first came onto our radar when we did an Instagram course together (not that Sara needed it!).  Since then her blog, Notes from a Stylist, has become a bit of an addiction for us - not always feeling the most fashionable ourselves, style is something that we can at least aspire to.  Sara's blog is gorgeously written, accessible and full of style tips and advice, as well as food, travel and tips for those with kids and teens.  Thank you Sara for answering our questions!  

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WIP Cocktail Club: a Winter Negroni perfect for Valentine's Day
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I want to stay in
And drink negronis with you.
 

To be fair, this cocktail is equally good on any other day, but it's a great one for Valentine's evening - or a night with friends instead.  It takes moments to make, and is gloriously warming and, undeniably, strong.  Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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Finally it's February!

I've never been a big fan of January 1st, I'm feeling much more love for today, the 1st of February.  There's less pressure.  We are both keeping our resolutions (so far) and perhaps we'll write about some of the things we resolved to do as the year goes on.  Unlike our first two Women in Progress of this year, Sidonie and Caroline, Laura and I kept January for ourselves to get over Christmas, rest, hibernate a little longer and just get back into the swing of things.  Finally, it's February!

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Woman in Progress: Caroline Arthur, bridal design

With a Royal marriage later this year we thought we'd get in early and interview a bridal designer.  Our latest Woman in Progress is Caroline Arthur, couture designer, who launched a successful business by teaming her creative talents and eye for the beautiful with what many women anticipate as the best day of their lives.  If I had a wedding to plan Caroline would be on my list of people to meet!  Thank you for taking time to answer our questions and for the insight into your life.  Photo: Gabriella Norton

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